Aznar meets with Piñera at La Moneda Palace, Santiago de Chile First edition of the FAES Campus Chile: ‘A strong democracy for lasting prosperity’


    _ The first edition of the FAES Campus Chile starts today, organised jointly with UPLA, an association of centre-right parties in Latin America

    _ Economic freedom and middle class societies, the situation in Latin America and Chile-Spain relations, among the subjects to be analysed

    _ Aznar will participate in a discussion with the centre-right presidential precandidates Allamand and Golborne

    _ During this event, he will launch FAES’ strategic report ‘Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012’.

The former Prime Minister of Spain and President of FAES Foundation, José María Aznar, has met with the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, on Thursday 10 at La Moneda presidential Palace. Furthermore, this afternoon and tomorrow Friday Aznar will participate in the first edition of the FAES Campus Chile: ‘A strong democracy for lasting prosperity’, organised jointly by FAES and the Union of Latin American Parties, UPLA, an association of the region’s centre-right parties and political movements.

The first FAES Campus Chile starts today Thursday, January 10, at the University Andres Bello in Santiago de Chile. In these conferences, politicians and scholars will discuss issues such as the political consequences of ideas, economic freedom and middle class societies, the values of representative and liberal democracy, Latin America’s political situation, Chile-Spain relations, and the joining of the like-minded. In the afternoon session, Aznar will launch FAES’ strategic report ‘Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012’, and tomorrow he will take part in the discussion ‘The Future We Want’ with the centre-right presidential precandidates Andrés Allamand, former Minister of Defence, and Laurence Golborne, former Minister of Public Works.

This first edition of the FAES Campus Chile is part of the Campus model consolidated by the Foundation in Latin America during 2012. This gathering devoted to the study and analysis of ideas in favour of democracy and freedom can be added to the FAES Campus Central America & the Caribbean, Peru and Colombia, held for the first time last year, as well as to those in Argentina, of which four editions have already been organised. All of them follow the model developed by the Foundation every July in Spain. The sessions of the FAES Campus Chile will take place on the campus of Casona de Las Condes (Fernández Concha 700 – Av Las Condes alt. 13.350).

The Campus was opened this morning by FAES Director of Constitution and Institutions, Ignacio Astarloa; the President of UPLA, Jovino Novoa, and the rector of Andrés Bello University, Pedro Uribe. Among other speakers, the Campus will also host as speakers the Minister Secretary-General of the Presidency of Chile, Cristián Larroulet; the Minister of Finance, Felipe Larrain; the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Nicholas Monckeberg; the Ambassador and Managing Director of Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Rodrigo Gaete; the Presidents of the National Renovation Party and the Independent Democratic Union, Carlos Larrain Peña and Patricio Melero; the Secretary-General of FAES, Javier Zarzalejos, the director of FAES’ International Department, Cayetana Alvarez de Toledo; the executive directors of the think tanks Instituto Libertad, Libertad y Desarrollo and Fundación Jaime Guzmán, Najel Klein, Luis Larrain and Jorge Jaraquemada, respectively; the Argentinean MP Julian Obiglio, and FAES’ coordinator for Latin American Programs, Guillermo Hirschfeld.

The launch in Santiago de Chile of FAES’ report ‘Latin America: An Agenda for Freedom 2012’ can be added to the ones organised, over the last year, in Lima, Mexico City, Guatemala, Buenos Aires, Santo Domingo, Bogota, Washington, Sao Paulo and Cadiz.

The document, an updated and expanded edition of the one published by FAES in 2007, analyses the changes in Latin America, raises renewed proposals and promotes liberal democracy, respect for individual liberties, the Rule of Law, institutional strengthening and open economy.

Programa Campus FAES Chile